Emily Auwarter '16
Auwarter was the first Catawba College student to complete the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree. It was her request for a Biochemistry curriculum that catalyzed the degree program’s creation. She is pursuing a Masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Boston University's School of Public Health.
She credits Dr. Steve Coggin, a Catawba College Professor of Biology, for helping her discover her passion in a class he taught about the history and future of infectious diseases.
Auwarter says, "I felt this course ... prepared me well for graduate school given the strenuous work load and interactive classes that incorporated discussion and feedback.
“My integrative education at Catawba through the science department was undeniably the sole reason I am where I am today. The faculty and staff of the science department are excellent mentors both in and out of the classroom."
During the summer of 2017, Auwarter spent three months in Egypt after she was awarded a research fellowship for the Cancer Epidemiology Education Special Populations (CEESP) program through the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In Cairo, Auwarter collected data to supplement her research that has already taken place at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.